In the previous instalment of this series, William Day, dividing his time between residences in Liverpool, England, and Springfield, Massachusetts, gained substantial wealth in the 1750s from his activities in trans-Atlantic shipping and privateering against the French, gained an estate in Sheffield, Massachusetts, as a result of his father's wise understanding of the colonial urge for each generation to swarm, but lost his wife Peggy. Although America and Britain remained at war with France, we shall see that William (or perhaps another captain with the same name and home port; red herrings are a major element of this resource) was not averse to making the occasional business trip across the ocean.

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“The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay” (vol. 16, p387)
[Reference to Capt. Day is probably Capt. James Day of the Sun in Boston]
24 Jan 1760
Our Family Genealogy Pages
Day, William
Ingersol, Eunice
Married 24 Jan 1760 Westfield,Hampden,MA
24 Jan 1760
Ripley, Charles Stedman "The Ingersolls of Hampshire : a genealogical history of the family ..." (1893) p32:
In the old Town Records of Westfield may be found the following : —
Jonathan Ingersoll and Eunice Moseley had their names entered with their Intentions of Marriage and publication thereof set up as the law directs October 28th day 1738.
Jonathan Ingersoll and Eunice Moseley was joined in Marriage by John Ashley, Esqr. Nov. 15th 1738.
Captain Jonathan Ingersoll died in Battle September 8th 1755 at Lake George.
24 Jan 1760
Westfield parish register:
lists the marriage intent of William Day and Eunice (Ennis) Ingersoll on 6 January 1760, and the wedding on 24 January.
21 Mar 1760
[High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Registers of Declarations for Letters of Marque. AGAINST FRANCE. Described at item level. Commander: John Days. Ship: Mary. Burden: 400 tons. Crew: 35. Owners: William Dodsworth of Shadwell, merchant. Home port: London. Lieutenant: John Elston. Gunner: Martin Challis. Boatswain: Charles
Held by: The National Archives (Kew)- High Court of Admiralty and colonial Vice-Admiralty courts
Date: 21 March 1760
Reference: HCA 26/11/155
Subjects:Armed Forces (General Administration) | Europe and Russia | International | Litigation | Navy | Piracy and privateering | Trade and commerce | Weapons]
22 Jul 1760
Lloyd's List, 22 Jul 1760:
Jamaica ...
20 May Providence, Day arrived from St. Kitts
21 Sep 1761
Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser, 21 Sep 1761, p3:
Yesterday Capt. Day arrived here in 40 Days from Goree, on the Coast of Africa, with 60 fine Slaves.
[Gorée is an island in the bay south of Dakar, west Africa, where slaves were brought to be sold]
21 Sep 1761
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Voyage 25219, Thomas (1760)
Place where voyage began Boston
Principal place of slave purchase Gorée
Principal place of slave landing Boston
Date voyage began 1760-11-13
Date vessel arrived with slaves 1761-09-21
Captain's name Day
Total slaves embarked 76
Total slaves disembarked 75
Donnan,III,67: Donnan, Elizabeth, Documents Illustrative of the Slave Trade to America, 4 vols. (Washington, DC, 1930-33).
MedfordHS,Slave Trade Letters,1761.11.01.:
24 Sep 1761
African Insurrections on Board Slave Ships
1761 Thomas (Massachusetts). Capt. Capt. Day. African Coast. 1 African killed; revolt unsuccessful. Source: Boston News-Letter, Sept. 24, 1761; New York Gazette, Sept. 28, 1761.
On September 24, 1761, enslaved Africans aboard the Boston sloop ship Thomas, commanded by Thomas Day, revolted off the coast of Africa, and broke through the hatches “and rose upon the Crew, but were soon overcome and subdued, their Ring leader being Shot and kill’d, and others wounded.”
24 Sep 1761Goree and the Slave Coast of Africa
Boston News-Letter, 24 Sep 1761, p3:
By Capt. Day who arriv'd since our last from the Coast of Africa, with a Number of fine Negroes: whilst they were on the Coast, they got open the Hatches and rose upon the Crew, but were soon overcome and subdued, their Ringleader being shot and kill'd, and others wounded.
The Sloop Thomas, Capt. Day, was one of the Vessels that was protected under the Fort which the French Frigate attacked, as mentioned in our last ...
[extracts from the report in the issue of 17 Sep 1761, p2:]
... some time in the beginning of May last, one of the French King's frigates called L'Amethiste of 32 guns, with 300 men, came upon the coast ... she proceeded to Senegal ... she then went to Goree, but the fort there firing upon her smartly, protected several trading vessels ... From thence she proceeded to Gambia ... on the 21st of May she came to anchor off the river Gambia ...
28 Sep 1761
Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser, 28 Sep 1761:
Entred Inwards.
Sloop Thomas, William Day from Africa.
[also in BOSTON Evening-Post + Boston-Gazette, AND COUNTRY JOURNAL]
[Note that this report shows Joseph Holloway mistakenly gave the ship name "Thomas" to its commander]
26 Oct 1761
BOSTON Evening-Post, 26 Oct 1761, p3:
OUTWARD-BOUND (to 24 Oct) ... Sloop Thomas, Gershom Spear, for Africa ...
1 Nov 1761
Medford Historical Society & Museum
Slave Trade Letters
[to] Capt. Peter Gwinn
Boston 1st November 1761
Sir- This I hope will be delivred you by Capt. Spear who saild from hence last Winter with Capt. Day in the Sloop that loaded at the F. [?=Fort] for Affrica, who We Thought when you saild last from hear, thay ware missing
but soon after you saild thay arrived hear from Goore with about 70 or 80 of the primest Slaves that I ever saw in my life
not One old or child amoungst them but Chiefly Prime Young men & Boys, thay did not luse one Slave in the Voyage or had thay even One sick or mangie Pearson amoungst thare whole Cargo. in short thay ware so Very likely thay Sold off Imediately at a very high Rate for cash Down Notwithsta' our market had been so Glutted before with Slaves -
I inquired very perticularly of the master his method of manigen them & I think he gave a good & Rational aud't of the matter
in the first place he took care to purchase none that was anyways aling or sick; if Taken Sick on Board he would sepperate them from the Rest, he fead them chiefly upon Corn Pownded he dont approve of much Rice by any means
When ever any mangey or Itch pearson appeard he imediately Oynted them with Brimstone till he Kild it for the Itch or Croccoo being long upon them gets into thare Blood & Bread other disorders & so runs through the whole Cargo
Which may be Easily prevented if taken in Time - Keeping thare spirretts up & Exercise is good by all means -
However you have sean so much of the Nature of the Trade that I doubt not you are a good judge of the matter -
Capt. Day had like to have ben Cutt off by his own slaves rising, thay ware forst to fire in amoungst them & kild One & wounded others before thay could lay them.
Timothy Fitch
23 Nov 1761
BOSTON Evening-Post, 23 Nov 1761, p3:
CLEARED-OUT (to 21 Nov) ... Sloop Thomas, Gershom Spear, for Africa.
[also in Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser]
28 Nov 1761
St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London, England), November 26, 1761 - November 28, 1761
Boston in New England, Sept. 29.
Yesterday arrived here Capt. Day, from the Coast of Africa, with a Number of fine Slaves. While they were on the Coast the Negroes rose upon the Crew, but were soon quieted, after killing one, and wounding several.
28 Jan 1762
"The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay" (vol. 17) p 113:
Province Laws, 1761-2, chapter 267: Order granting to Wm. Day licence to retail strong drink. "A PETITION of William Day of Westfield Setting forth That he hath obtained the approbation of the Selectmen of said Town to be a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors in said Town; but the time for granting Licenses the present Year in the County of Hampshire is elapsed. And Praying That the Court of General Sessions of the Peace in said County may be impowered at their next term to grant him a License for that purpose.
Read and
Ordered That the Prayer thereof be granted ... (Passed January 28
[Westfield was the home-town of Lucretia Sacket, who married the mystery William Day in 1759]
8 Apr 1762
POSTSCRIPT to the BOSTON News-Letter, 8 Apr 1762, p2:
Entred In,
Schooner Penobscot, John Day from Turks Island
[also in Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser, 12 Apr 1762, p3]
7 Dec 1762
Lloyd's List, 7 Dec 1762
Gravesend ...
5 Happy Return, Day arrived from Rotterdam
3 Jan 1763
THE Boston-Gazette, AND COUNTRY JOURNAL, 3 Jan 1763, p3:
... Day for Africa, ...
[also in Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser] [This is one of the most tantalising reports, both because it could be William, and because it is not clear what happened next.]
24 Jan 1763
BOSTON Evening-Post, 24 Jan 1763, p3:
CLEARED-OUT (to Jan 22) ... Day for Africa
[also in Boston-Gazette, AND COUNTRY JOURNAL]
4 Mar 1763
[Lloyd's List, 4 Mar 1763:
The Blackett, Franklin, and the Mary, Days, both Transports from the Havanna, are put into S. Carolina leaky.]
18 Apr 1763
Green & Russell's BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser, 18 Apr 1763, p3:
Capt. Cartwright arrived here last Week from Martinico, by whom we have an Account of the following Arrivals, viz.
Sloop Thomas, Capt. Spear, of this Port, and
Capt. Roger Richards of New-York, at Goree, about the middle of January all well.
30 Aug 1763
Lloyd's List, 30 Aug 1763:
Gravesend ...
28 Aug Richard & Ann, Day arrived from Ostend
17 Oct 1763
THE Boston-Gazette, AND COUNTRY JOURNAL, 17 Oct 1763, p3:
... Day from South-Carolina ...
[also in BOSTON Post-Boy & Advertiser]
17 Oct 1763
BOSTON Evening-Post, 17 Oct 1763, p3:
ENTRED IN (to 15 Oct)
Schooner Fly, Day, [from] South-Carolina
[also in Massachusetts GAZETTE And BOSTON NEWS-LETTER]
10 Feb 1764Springfield births: next William after 1715 is the son of mystery-William & Lucretia, born 10 Feb 1764 (their first child, Lucretia, was born 12 Mar 1760; their last in Springfield was Cynthia, 4 May 1769)
12 Mar 1764
Records relating to the early history of Boston, v16:
p112 (Town records, 1764):
Meeting of freeholders etc., adjourned from Monday 12 Mar 1764 to Tuesday 13 Mar:
Balance due to James Day when he was a collector of taxes is remitted to him
25 May 1768
Acts and laws, passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of the province of Massachusetts,Bay, in New-England, begun and held at Boston, the twenty-fifth day of May, 1768
CHAP. 1.
An Act for building and maintaining a Bridge over the Great-River [i.e. the Connecticut River] in Westfield, in the County of Hampshire. [The modern Hampden County was not split from Hampshire until 1812]
WHEREAS a Bridge over the Great-River in
Westfield, in the County of Hampshire, at or near the common fording Place near the Dwelling-House of William Day, upon the Great-Road from Springfield to Westfield, is necessary as well for the Inhabitants of the other Towns in said County as of the said Town of Westfield; and the Building and Maintaining a Bridge there would be a Burthen too great for the Town of Westfield, considering the Charges they have already laid out and must expend in building and maintaining many other Bridges in said Town:
Be it enacted
... [etc.]
1 Nov 1770
Westfield parish register:
lists the marriage of William Day and Eunice (Ennis) Ingersoll in 1760 with a footnote that Eunice died 1 November 1770.
in 1770
HISTORY OF GREAT BARRINGTON, (Berkshire County,) MASSACHUSETTS, by Charles J. Taylor (1882), p34:
By a vote passed October 10th, 1749, the proprietors declared null and void all divisions of land made by them to that time, for the reason that these divisions had been illegally and unjustly made, "Especially in denying and debarring several of the proprietors of their just rights and interests in the township." By this vote, all divisions made after the settling committee had finished their labors, were annulled, and set aside; and, although these divisions are a matter of record, they have ever since been disregarded. Soon afterwards, -December 19th, 1749,- measures were adopted for dividing all the land in the township, not previously laid out by the settling committee, equally amongst the proprietors.
First. — It was provided that all the lands along the river, immediately adjoining the home lots of the settlers, together with lands on the North Plain, and a tract lying west of Monument Mountain, should be so divided as to "make the home, or settling lot, of every proprietor equal to the largest settling lot laid out to any proprietor by the settling committee." The laying out of the lands thus appropriated, was, however, delayed for twenty years, or until 1770, when they were surveyed by Captain William Day, and his surveys were only accepted and recorded fifteen years later in 1785. These tracts are known as the Equalizing land.
1771There was a John Hubbell in Connecticut in the 1740s (born at Stratford, died at Fairfield) but none of his children seems to have been named Rhoda.
Ancestors of William Bruce McClelland
82.Ithamer Hubbell, born Abt. 1714 in Westfield, Hampden, MA; died December 14, 1760 in Sheffield, Mass. He was the son of 164. Jonathan Hubbell and 165. Peaceable Siliman.He married 83. Mabel Dewey May 19, 1737 in Westfield, Mass.
83.Mabel Dewey, born May 22, 1718 in Westfield, Mass; died December 28, 1760 in Sheffield, Mass.She was the daughter of 166. Samuel Dewey and 167. Rebecca Ashley.
Child of Ithamer Hubbell and Mabel Dewey is:
41. Rhoda Hubbell, born August 14, 1757 [recte 1747]; died July 25, 1795 in Sheffield, Mass; married William Day 1771 in Sheffield, Ohio. [recte Mass.]
in 1771
1771 Massachusetts Tax Inventory
Full details for Wm. Day (Captain), Sheffield, Berkshire County:
1 house [no shop or other business premises] 6a pasture (enough for 4 cows); 15a tillage; 90 bushels of grain produced per year; 18 barrels of cider produced per year; 3 acres of English & upland mowing land, 3 tons of English & upland hay produced per year; 12 acres of fresh meadow, 12 tons of fresh meadow hay produced per year.
3 horses; 4 oxen; 4 cows; 7 goats/sheep; 4 swine
1 Servant for Life [911 white citizens of the Bay colony owned between them 1,169 adult “servants for life,”]
Annual worth of estate £12. (trading stock 0; value of factorage or commissions 0) Money lent at interest £40.
[No other Day households in Sheffield, but various in Springfield]
6 Apr 1772
George Edward Day, “A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of Robert Day, of Hartford, Conn., who died in the year 1648” (2nd edition, 1848, reprinted 1913)
[Children of William Day:] 193. *Mary, b. April 26, 1772; m.Henry Root of Sheffield, Ohio
20 Nov 1772
The "Boston Pamphlet" (Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston town meeting, Nov. 20, 1772.), 600 copies of which were printed and distributed throughout Massachusetts.
15 Feb 1773
Boston Evening-Post, 15 February 1773:
SATURDAY, February 13.
At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Sheffield, legally warned and assembled, at the Meeting House, on the 5th day of January, 1773.
Colonel JOHN ASHLEY chosen Moderator.
Voted, To chuse a committee to consist of Eleven persons, to take into Consideration the Grievances which Americans in general, and the Inhabitants of this Province in particular, labour under; and to make a Draught of such Proceedings as they think are necessary for this Town, in these critical Circumstances, to enter into.-- The following Persons were for that Purpose nominated and chosen, viz. Mr. Theodore Sedgwick, Deacon Silas Kellog, Col. Ashley, Doctor Lemuel Bernard, Mr. Aaron Root, Major John Fellows, Mr. Philip Callender, Capt. William Day, Deacon Ebenezer Smith, Capt. Nathaniel Austin, and Capt. Stephen Dewey; then Voted, That this Meeting be adjourned to the 12th day of January current.
AT a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Sheffield, by Adjournment, at the Meeting House on the 12th Day of January 1773. Ordered, That the Committee appointed by this Meeting on the 5th Day of January Current, make Report of the Doings of said Committee; whereupon the Chairman of said Committee made report as follows, viz."
[The report begins with an explanation of its main context, that the people of Sheffield] "should esteem ourselves greatly wanting in the Duty we owe ourselves, our Country and Posterity, called upon as we are by our Brethren, the respectable Town of Boston, should we neglect with the utmost Firmness and Freedom, to express the Sense we have of our present dangerous Situation ..."
[A series of Resolutions follow, copies of which are available nowadays on many websites under the title of the Sheffield Declaration, based largely on the Boston Pamphlet, but sometimes simplifying the wording in ways which extend the context. For example, Boston's complaint about the use of Admiralty courts to take Americans away from their home provinces and try them before judges acting without juries, becomes in Sheffield] "... the Deprivation of our inestimable and constitutional Privilege, a Trial by Jury, the Determination of our Property by a single Judge paid by one Party, by Money illegally taken from the other for that Purpose ...
... it is the Right of every Subject of Great-Britain, to be tried by the Power of the Vicinity, when charged with any Crime, that any Act of the Parliament of Great Britain, for destroying this Priviledge and tearing away Subjects from their Connections, Friends, Business and the Possibility of evincing their Innocense, and carrying them on bear [sic] Suspicion, to the Distance of thousands of Miles, for a Trial, is an intolerable Grievance."
[Like the Boston Pamphlet, the list of Resolutions ends with a complaint about provincial boundaries. Again, the Pamphlet had given this a specific context, the recent British decision that the area north of Massachusetts to the west of the Connecticut River should belong to the province of New York, not to New Hampshire.] "... any Determination or Adjudication of the King in Council, with Regard to the Limits of Provinces in America, whereby private Property is or may be affected, is a great Grievance already very severely felt by great Numbers, who after purchasing Lands of the only Persons, whom they could suppose had any Right to convey, have on a sudden, by such an Adjudication, been deprived of their whole Property, and from a state of Affluence, reduced to a state of Beggary."
[The resolutions are to be forwarded to David Ingersoll jun., Esq., the local representative in the Great and General Court at Boston, with an additional request:] "... whereas the Province of New-York, by the most unjustifiable Proceedings, have by a late Act of their General Assembly, extended the limits of the County of Albany, East as far as the Connecticut River, and under pretence of having by that Act, the legal Jurisdiction within that part of this Province, by said Act included within the County of Albany, have exercised actual Jurisdiction, and the Officers of the County of Albany, without the least Pretence of any Precept from the Authority on this side the Line, by colour of a Warrant, executed in that County, upon suspicion that a Man had been guilty of a Crime in this County, taken him and conveyed him to Albany for examination- In Indictments Crimes have been said to have been committed at Sheffield in the County of Albany. Mr Ingersoll is hereby requested to use his utmost Influence, that the alarming Consequences, from such Proceedings dreaded, may be prevented, and that the Fears of the People may be quieted by a speedy Determination of that unhappy Controversy." [I have also compiled a page with much, much more information about this dubious extradition]
[also in the Massachusetts Spy Or, Thomas's Boston Journal, 18 Feb 1773]
[The John Ashley and Theodore Sedgwick named in this document were the same individuals who would, in 1781, find themselves on opposite sides in court when Ashley's slaves Bett and Brom, represented by Sedgwick, used the "born free and equal" clause in the 1780 Masssachusetts constitution to gain their freedom, following which Bett took the name Elizabeth Freeman]
4 Jan 1774
Lloyd's List, 4 Jan 1774:
31 Dec Admiral Saunders, Day, arrived from Newfoundland
[The name of this vessel suggests a Canadian home port, as Saunders was involved in the capture of Quebec, and the Newfoundland town of Port Saunders is named after him]
3 Feb 1774
George Edward Day, “A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of Robert Day, of Hartford, Conn., who died in the year 1648” (2nd edition, 1848, reprinted 1913)
[Children of William Day:] 194. *John, b. Feb. 3, 1774
22 Feb 1774
Journal of the Honorable House of Representatives of His Majesty's province of the Massachusetts-Bay, in New-England [Boston], 22 Feb 1774:
Samuel Phillips, Esq; brought down the Petition of the Proprietors of Upper-Housatonnick [now Great Barrington; Lower Housatonnick had been incorporated as Sheffield in 1741], with a Report.
Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council, February 22, 1774.
Read and accepted, and Ordered, That the Proprietors and Purchasers of the Upper Township on Housatonnick-River, so called, be empowered to meet and assemble together, upon a Warrant being issued for that Purpose, by any Justice of the Peace for the County of Berkshire; and at such Meeting, or any future one, to appoint meet Persons to procure a Plan of the several Tracts of Land laid out by General Courts Committee, and also of Lands laid out by the Proprietors Committee, as near as possible to their Survey and records; and also a Plan of the East and West Divisions, and the Divisions of the Hopp lands, agreeable to their former Survey; also a Plan of the equalizing Lands, so called, exactly agreeable to a late Survey, taken by William Day ...
24 Feb 1774
"The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay" (vol. 18) p 765:
Province Laws, 1773-4, chapter 109: Order impowering the proprietors on Housatonic River to call a town meeting and procure plans of land. Plans to be made include "a plan of the equalizing Lands, so called, exactly agreable to a late Survey taken by William Day ..." (Passed February 22
6 Jul 1774
David Dudley Field and Chester Dewey "History of the County of Berkshire, Massachusetts" (1829) p 114:
Capt. Wm. Day was among the Deputies from Sheffield who joined in a Congress for the county of Berkhire, 6 July 1774, and voted to support "non-consumption of British manufactures", plus charitable aid to the citizens of Boston and Charlestown.
15 Feb 1775
Essex Journal AND MERIMACK PACKET, 15 Feb 1775, p3:
Arrived at Salem and Marblehead Feb. 13.
Schooner Patty, Day, Virginia.
6 May 1775
"The acts and resolves, public and private, of the province of the Massachusetts Bay" (vol. 19) p 383:
Province Laws, 1775-6, chapter 990: "Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this Colony to Wm. Day the Sum of Nine pounds eight Shillings in full of his Services as Barrak Master in the Army. (Passed May 6"
27 May 1775
Boston Public Libraries
MS Ch.B.13.31
Document Certifying Capt. William Day's Appointment by General John Thomas as Barrack Master to the Camp in Roxbury in 1775
Brewer, Samuel, b. 1716-:
Boston 1st Jany 1777
This may certify that Capt. Willm. Day was by the Late General Thomas, appointed a Barrack Master to the camp then in Roxbury on the 27th Day of May AD 1775 and did perform the Duty of Both Barrack master & Quarter master until the 24th Day of Augt. Following
pr. Saml. Brewer } Adjutant Genl. at that Time
20 Oct 1775
A journal of the Honorable House of Representatives of the colony of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England [Watertown], 20 Oct 1775:
A Petition of William Day, praying some reasonable Reward for his Service as Barrack Master, both read and committed to the Committee who have under Consideration the Petition of Jeduthan Baldwin.
27 Oct 1775
THOMAS's Massachusetts Spy Or, AMERICAN ORACLE of LIBERTY [Worcester, Mass.] 27 Oct 1775, p3:
A LIST of the Civil Officers lately appointed by the major part of the Council of this colony. The places of Governor and Lieutenant Governor being vacant.
Officers for the County of Berkshire.
. William Day, and William Goodridge.
5 Feb 1776
A journal of the Honorable House of Representatives of the colony of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England [Watertown], 5 Feb 1776:
A petition of William Day, praying an Allowance for his Service as Barrack-Master, from the 27th of May, to the 24th of August, entered the last setting of the Court.
Read and re-committed to Col. Turner, Deacon Allen, and Mr. Singletary.
5 Feb 1776
"Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors" (vol. 4, 1898) pages 587-8:
[None of the William Days listed is connected with this barrack-master position]
6 May 1776
A journal of the Honorable House of Representatives. At a Great and General Court or Assembly for the colony of Massachusetts-Bay in New-England [Watertown], 6 May 1776:
On the Petition of William Day, read 5th February last,
Resolved, that there be paid to him out of the Colony Treasury, the Sum of nine Pounds eight Shillings, in full for his Service and Expences for two Months and three Days in the Camps at Roxbury, ending the first Day of August last,
Sent up for Concurrence.
6 May 1776
"Genealogical and Biographical Record of New London County, Connecticut" (1905) p705:
"When war was declared Capt. William Day asked for his parole, as 'he would not and could not fight against his own country,' and this was given him. Although he fed and clothed the soldiers he did not break his parole by taking up arms against England."
[This information from a study of the ancestry of James Ingersoll Day, which I have not yet found in earlier sources, sits uneasily with the "active patriot" claim on William's tomb at Springfield, and the quotation seems to use the words of an American taken by a press-gang into the Royal Navy during the War of 1812. However, its claim about feeding and clothing would fit the theory that the above barrack master was Capt. William Day of Sheffield.]
22 May 1776
West Springfield registers:
William Day died in New York, May 22, 1776.
[This seems likely to be the mystery William Day who married at Springfield in 1759]
18 Jun 1776
“Centennial celebration of the town of Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Mass.” (1876)
[quotes the resolution of a Town Meeting on 18 June 1776, at which Capt. William Day was moderator, when the townspeople voted to support a Declaration of Independence if such should be made by the Continental Congress.]

Consider this instalment as ending on 4 July 1776. Coming in Part 4- one action-packed year of Revolution at sea. Or: return to start.